31 January 1919

January 1919
Friday 31
Fair day. Dull with
rain indications. Down to
office. Mr J Stewart called
at our place before we had break
fast to enquire about a house I
have for sale in Cole Street. Gave
him pars [particulars] of same & he went to
see it & then signed agreement to
but at £600 & paid deposit of
£20/-. Mr Mason up from Feath
-erston re completion of his
purchase from Price. Saw O
Pragnell re same & arranged
for completion next week.
Gretta, Jack & Norma went
to the Picture show at night.
Received letter from Bertha
stating that they arrived quite
well at Cambridge Jack
Bertelsen & Mrs B meeting them
at the Franckton [Frankton] Station &
motoring then home.

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30 January 1919

January 1919
Thursday 30
Fair day. Dull with
rain indications. At office.
Mr Nicholson from Nelson
district called at office & dis-
cussed purchase of land in
Auckland district & I sub
mitted to him a blk [block] of 1664
acres at Pokeno at £8.10.6
pr ac [per acre] which he may go up and
look at. Down to chess at
night & there being a small
attendance our Capt [Captain] G A Jones
played, Warner, Holmwood &
myself simultaneously. I won
one game & lost one & then play
ed Thirtle & lost a haphaz
-ard game. Home a little be
fore 12.

29 January 1919

January 1919
Wednesday 29
Rain. Fine warm
rain doing a lot of good.
At office. Not much doing.
Attended a meeting of farmers
held in A & P rooms when
Mr J C Cooper addressed them
on the meat wool & general
produce question in respect
to Home markets.
Went down to nephew W K
Welch’s at night & played
him 5 games of chess of
which I won only one.

28 January 1919

January 1919
Tuesday 28
Cold rain from the South.
Showery. Down to office. Up to the
railway station to see Mother, Bern
& baby Brian off by train to Cam-
bridge to stay with Bertha’s sister,
Mrs H C Bertelsen. Very little do
ing at office.
At night time I transplant
ed mangels & cabbages.

Our local paper (The Age)
gives a marvellous account of an
adventure with a live Moa stated
to have taken place in the Urewera
Country inland from Gisborne.
The story is told by one who went there
with a native guide to explore the
district & got lost. A great storm
broke over the district & the horses
escaped, whilst the native guide
who had wandered off the track
did not return & our narrator
was left to his own resources.
Story continued tomorrow.
There are several ornithologists &
scientists now engaged hunting for the bird.

27 January 1919

January 1919
Monday 27
Very dry & oppressive.
Bern & I did an hour with
cross cut saw at the gum tree, be
fore breakfast. Down to office.
Saw Gawith re financing sale to
Bentley & left “Agreement For Sale”
with him. Mrs Mills in re pur
chase of house & offered £450 for
Pinkey Bros [brothers] in Wrigley Street but
offer not accepted.
Saw Arthur Welch re purchase
ing Kings house in Cole Str [Street].
After getting home from office I
banked up the late potatoes
which are making rapid strides
then fixed hose for spraying the
vegetables.

25 January 1919

January 1919
Saturday 25
Fine day. At office.
Mr Falconer in re purchase
of farm & will probably go up
& see my brother Wills next
week at Makomako.
Wrote Nathan & Co [Company] Auctioneers
etc Wellington re selling our
Taita property by Public
Auction. Saw Cooper of
Te Ore Ore re making an offer
for Oates farm at Opaki.